Stories for May 2002


Wednesday, May 29


Care Center decks out

Family and friends honored the memory of former Hood River Care Center resident Dottie Blake Friday afternoon during a ceremony dedicating the Center’s new deck.

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Openings remain with Bravissimo arts camp

There are still remaining spaces open for Bravissimo! Columbia Gorge Music and Arts Camp, June 17-21. The camp is aimed at kids in grades 6-9 and previous music experience is not necessary. Students at the camp will have the opportunity to study instrumental and choral music with teachers from around the state in a relaxed, fun camp atmosphere.

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The end of an era

Japanese maple and other plantings, new pumps, and a lofty canopy mark big changes at Nobi’s Corner, a landmark business on Tucker Road.

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Tuesday, May 28


Wal-Mart foe Norman visits HR this week

Al Norman, a nationally recognized defender of locally-owned business, will debate a spokeswoman for Wal-Mart Corporation and lead Hood River residents in wrapping “Arms Around Our Town” during a two-day visit Thursday and Friday.

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Tribe says 'yes' to Gorge casino

With a strong voice the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs gave a resounding “yes” this week for siting a casino somewhere in the Columbia River Gorge.

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Wednesday, May 22


Classic Horse Show returns to Mt. Hood

The Hood River Classic Hunter/Jumper Horse Show returns for the 11th time Wednesday through Sunday, June 12-16. One of the most popular and prestigious shows of its kind in the Northwest, the Classic will draw more than 400 of the region’s top hunter/jumpers to the site, near the community of Mt. Hood, at Jensen Mills Meadow in the heart of the Hood River Valley.

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Michaels, Rhythm Culture at Grill

While Hood River Inn's special event featuring Paul deLay is going on in the Gorge Room, The Geno Michaels Trio lays down the grooves at the Grill this Friday. The group features Geno Michaels on piano and Hammond B-3 organ, Ted Swenson on bass, and Ed Pierce on drums. The trio will show its versatility with performances of soul, funk, jazz, and R&B numbers. Rhythm Culture returns to the Grill for a two-day engagement on Saturday and Sunday. The group plays original reggae music infused with blues and jazz. Rhythm Culture is led by vocalist/drummer/composer Bryan Mecurius. Music starts at 9 p.m. and is free to the public.

May 22, 2002 midnight read more..

Refining interests defined busy school year

“What did your senior year mean to you?” Four high school seniors from Hood River County will write about this question between now and graduation day in “View from ‘02” First up is Sarah Fix who worked as a news intern this year. Sarah and her classmates will graduate June 7. — Editor

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Paul deLay band blowout at Inn

Paul deLay Band appears this Friday in a performance at the Gorge Room at Hood River Inn. A large dance floor and a no-host bar set the party atmosphere.

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Murphy graduates to state

AURORA — HRV senior Andy Murphy capped his high-school golfing career May 13-14 when he competed at the OSAA/U.S. Bank State Golf Championships at Langdon Farms Golf Course.

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Slack-key guitar champ plays benefit

One of the world’s top slack-key guitar artists, George Kahumoku Jr., will perform June 8 at the Hood River Middle School auditorium. Tickets are $18 in advance, $10 for people under 21 and free to kids under 10. Tickets are available at Waucoma Bookstore or from members of Citizens for Responsible Growth. Call concert organizer Maui Meyer at 386-2330.

May 22, 2002 midnight read more..

TOP Soccer attracts scores of players

HOOD RIVER — Few people unfamiliar with soccer realize how unifying and edifying the game can be — especially for young children. But the word is quickly getting out.

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Monday, May 20

Hood River's Scott Woolums summits Mt. Everest

Hood River mountaineer Scott Woolums reached the summit of Mt. Everest Thursday morning at about 10:45 a.m. Nepal time. While standing on the top of the highest mountain in the world — at 29,035 feet — he took time to call home on his satellite phone.

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HRV frosh softball rolls to 19-2 finish

While the HRV varsity softball team was garnering most of the attention this season for its state playoff run, another Eagle team was busy dismantling the Mt. Hood Conference in its own right.

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Luhr Jensen slapped with $66,000 fine

A Hood River company that prides itself on being environmentally friendly has been fined $66,354 for violations of Oregon’s hazardous waste and water quality rules.

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Wednesday, May 15


School district eyes changes for Cascade Locks High School

This year’s juniors might be the last students to graduate from Cascade Locks High School. Declining enrollment in Cascade Locks and growing student numbers at Hood River Valley High School suggest the need to examine whether or not to keep Cascade Locks a K-12 school, Superintendent Jerry Sessions said this week. The district has begun studying the idea of changing the school to a kindergarten-through-eighth grade facility, effective in 2003-04. CLHS students would attend Hood River Valley High School or regional community colleges. “We need to start a conversation about the future of Cascade Locks High School,” Sessions said. “We are not talking about closing the school; we are committed to keeping a school open in Cascade Locks.” Sessions said he wants the district to reach a decision by March 2003, when the schools’ funding picture for the next year is known. In what is the start of an extended discussion, Sessions and first-year principal Chris Daniels met with a group of a dozen Cascade Locks citizens Tuesday to discuss what he acknowledges would involve a major change for the Cascade Locks community. “We want input from the community,” Sessions said. He appears likely to receive it. “To the residents of Cascade Locks the closing of the high school is not feasible and not desirable,” said Dr. Robin Voetterl, a Cascade Locks resident who is helping facilitate discussions with the district. “In our minds there is no question. It is a moot suggestion and we are going to work as hard as we can with the county and the city and the school district staff and our own staff to make sure that doesn’t happen,” said Voetterl (pronounced va-TEL). Sessions said the idea of making Cascade Locks K-8 arises from fiscal reality, given the disparate class sizes at the two high schools. Class sizes average about 11 students at CLHS, compared with about 28 at HRVHS. HRVHS will lose 2.33 teaching positions in 2002-03 if the proposed budget is approved next month. Under the proposed budget Cascade Locks’ teaching staff would lose one-half a position, at the elementary level. Sessions said that because of state graduation requirements, CLHS staffing could not be reduced. Sessions said a number of options are open to consideration, including going to a K-10 enrollment at Cascade Locks, and allowing students to take classes at Mt. Hood Community College or Columbia Gorge Community College. The future of Cascade Locks School will be discussed in the school band room on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m., during a meeting of an existing visioning group for the school. The group includes students and community members, Sessions said.

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Major Leagues support local team

The 13-year-old Masonic Lodge Padres of the Babe Ruth youth baseball league received a welcome surprise before Wednesday night’s game at Collins Field.

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Tuesday, May 14


HRV baseball finishes on somber note

PORTLAND — Looking to snap a six-game skid and preserve a measure of pride for the seniors, the HRV baseball team took on Parkrose in its final game of the season last Friday.

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Student wins national Latin exam

The Hood River Chapter of the National Junior Classical League recently announced the results of the 2002 National Latin Exam. The exam tests not only knowledge of the Latin language, but also understanding of Roman history and mythology. This is the second year the exam has been administered to students in the Mid-Columbia. Six local students took the examination in March and all of them placed in the national competition.

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Wednesday, May 8


Candidates take stands on issues as May 21 election approaches

The four Hood River County Commission candidates in two contested races recently sat down to answer, in their own words, six questions posed by the News. Following are answers by John Arens and Rodger Shock, contenders for the at-large chair position, and Carol York and Ladd Henderson, who are both vying for the District 1 seat:

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Monday, May 6

In Nepal, HR climbers prepare for Mt. Everest

“We’re all tucked in here at Camp 2, getting ready to go up to Camp 3 at over 23,500 feet tomorrow for a couple nights. This is our final acclimatization trip before the summit attempt. After this we’ll go back down for a good long rest after spending over 12 nights above base camp.”

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Wednesday, May 1

Snowfest benefit

Local photographer Richard Hallman will be hosting Snow Fest 2002 on Thursday at the Skylight Theater and Pub. The 7 p.m. show will feature Hallman’s skiing, snowboarding and scenery images from Sun Valley, Idaho; Snowbird and Salt Lake, Utah; Jackson Hole, Wyo.; Mt. Hood Meadows and Valdez, Alaska. There will be a $5 cover at the door, with raffle and door prizes. All proceeds go to the “Trauma Nurses Talk Tough Program,” which educates kids K-12 on safety and awareness.

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Rotary Skatepark officially on course

Skateboarders from all over Oregon — even from as far away as Milwaukee, Wisc. — turned out in droves Saturday, April 21, to help Hood River Parks and Recreation and the local Rotary chapter officially open the new skate course at 20th and Wasco streets.

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